Caught My Eye…

You did not think a little cold weather would keep me from writing another “Caught My Eye” did you? No way! I’ll give up writing “Caught My Eye” when you pry my cold, dead hands from the keyboard…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Nelson Mandela, Champ Edmunds & Steve Daines, GOP Tutoring, ObamaCare, Seven Percent, plus we have two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

Nelson Mandela:

He passed away yesterday. He was 95. Condolences go to the family and friends of this great man. Two of my favorite quotes from Mandela are:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Rest in Peace…

Edmunds for U.S. Senate:

On Wednesday Republican Champ Edmunds announced that he would stay in the U.S. Senate race because he is “Montana’s conservative choice.” Current U.S. Representative (and Republican) Steve Daines is running for the U.S. Senate, too.

In his press release, Edmunds said, All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation have voted or cast votes:

-to “raise the debt ceiling”
-for CISPA which allows “our activity online to be tracked by the Federal Government”
-that “led Obamacare to be implemented”

It will be hard for Edmunds to beat Daines in a Republican primary, so if Edmunds wants to get his message across, I suggest he run for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian.

GOP Tutoring:

According to Politico, “The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it’s meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman.”

One Republican staffer was quoted in the article saying, “Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn.”

National Journal recently reported that House Speaker John Boehner wants fellow Republicans “to be a little more sensitive.”

We’ll see how that works out for them…


According to a new poll from Gallup, “After two months of glitches with the new federal healthcare website and attempts to fix it, the percentage of Americans who prefer that Congress scale back or entirely repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” has changed little. Fifty-two percent favor scaling back (20%) or repealing (32%) the law, similar to the 50% from mid-October.”

It would be great if Republicans and Democrats worked together to make this a better program.

Seven Percent:

The Associated Press reported this morning “A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy.”

Good news!

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Helena Independent Record: Seneca Jensen, 20, “allegedly left her 1-year-old child in a cart at Walmart Monday after an apparent shoplifting attempt went awry was arrested when she returned to the store to retrieve the toddler.”

Apparently Ms. Jenson does not believe in no child left behind…

-From the Billings Gazette: Beau Gray Cantwell, 33, “said in District Court on Thursday that he had his son with him while driving drunk on railroad tracks in July 2012.” He “pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor DUI” and will be sentenced in March.

Maybe they were looking for Thomas the Tank Engine…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…


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